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Bernhard Günter

Monochrome Rust/Differential
Monochrome Rust/Differential
  • Günter sizzles on the threshold of audibility – now what’s left to say about these pieces? Bruckener’s symphonic high peaks levelled and symphonic tradition emptied out? A reaction to information overload and the everyday congestion of contemporary life? Tai chi for the ear, readjusting auditory balance and clearing out the channels? a world glimpsed in a grain of sand? a test of encdurance? soundtrack to a quantum world? Pond life? A moth’s hearing? A final Beckettian fizzle? Monochrome Rust evokes Rothko. Practical difficulties: where to set the volume level; whether to use headphoens; whether you have heard it if you’ve played it but not heard it; where to find time in a day for this set when it’s difficult enough to find time for Morton Feldman’s time-consuming and very beautiful music; whether to read, write, paint, move around, cook, gaze from a window while it’s on. The bottom line is fascination. Gunter has made music which listeners of many persuassions have found fascinating. Rhythm as in flame flickers, dancing. Differential offers more muted sizzling on the verge of inaudibility; tiny cricket sounds, liquid drizzle, desiccated rattle. Explanations may be endlessly rehearsed but the bottom line in intractable: Günter’s music has the capacity to fascinate the receptive.
    (The Wire, UK)

  • As with many LINE releases, describing the hyperminimal microsounds of Bernhard Günter’s Monochrome Rust/ Differential is difficult like telling a sketch artist about the features of a ghost’s face seen from a distance – a long time ago – while you were drunk. Extremely vague yet undeniable! Two single-piece CDs are part of Günter’s “triptychon”, with Monochrome Rust (44:30) being the third piece (following Monochrome White and Polychrome w/Neon Nails). A digital degradation of Polychrome, the track emits a continual stream of sunlit dust motes which dance for your ears… For the most it simply rustles in randomistic patterns, sounding like two or three especially tiny insects busily chewing through cellophane… or something like that. Fizzier, busier disc #2 , Differential(44:00) spews forth currents of energy-speckles which buzz into a steadily rippling particle-drone. The track was derived through a digital-differencing procedure (comparing the uncommon frequencies between each of the forementioned pieces, then again between those “differences”) so that means this is like an audio negative of a negative of a negativeá I thinká right? Regardless, crunchy microbes stir with enigmatic intentions at an intermediate intensity somewhere midway between crisp silence and sheer white noise. Monochrome Rust/ Differential is another atomized mystery. I’ve nothing but respect for the microvisions of Bernhard Günter (and like-minded explorers), yet am still plagued by a bit of bewilderment…
    (Ambientrance, US)